United Kingdom: New laws which gives the give the UK greater powers to crackdown on hostile state activity received Royal Assent on Tuesday.
The Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019 also ensures sentencing for certain terrorism offences can properly reflect the severity of the crimes, as well as preventing re-offending and disrupting terrorist activity more rapidly.
In addition, the act updates existing counter-terrorism legislation to reflect the digital age including the way in which people view content online. It also reflects the speed at which terrorism plots develop.
Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, said:
Terrorists and hostile states pose a persistent threat to our national security, with the 2017 atrocities and Russia’s use of chemical weapons on our soil highlighting the dangers we face.
Keeping people safe is my number one job and this important piece of legislation will help do that.
The Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act gives the police the powers they need to disrupt plots and punish those who seek to do us harm.
The main provisions included in the act are:
In June 2017, the Prime Minister announced a review of the government’s approach to counter-terrorism to ensure that it was working as effectively as possible. It resulted in the government’s updated counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST, which was published in June 2018. New legislation was central to the revised strategy.
The act was introduced as a Bill to the House of Commons on 6 June 2018 and was introduced to the House of Lords on 12 September 2018.
A provision amending the Reinsurance (Acts of Terrorism) Act 1993 comes into force today (Tuesday 12 February).
The additional provisions in the act will come into force in the coming months.
In another report by the BBC it was revealed that British firms hit by financial losses after a terror attack are to benefit from a legal loophole being shut.
Businesses will now be able to get insurance even if they have not been damaged by a bomb.
That means shops and businesses forcibly closed after an attack will be able to reclaim potentially big losses.
John Glen, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, said the changes would now mean that businesses have “peace of mind”.
The cover comes from a government-guaranteed scheme that pays out to insurers – and therefore their customers – in the event of terrorism.
The scheme, known as Pool Re, was created during the Northern Ireland Troubles to protect insurers from the risk of a catastrophic scale of terrorism-related claims that they ultimately could not meet.
SOURCE: Gov.uk and BBC